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The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Glee club was founded in October 1914 by Baltimore-area
employees of the railroad with their stated purpose being "to stimulate interest in
good music, to provide healthful and cultural recreation for the members and their
friends, and to promote sociability and good fellowship." Working under conductor
Hobart Smock, the club grew quickly, and by April 1915 had around 50 members representing
over 20 departments within the railroad. The Glee Club performed at professional and
social events and put on winter and spring concerts each year. The club eventually
added some non-employee members, recorded at least one record for Victor in 1927,
and in 1929 began competitive singing, winning first prize in class B at the Associated
Glee Clubs of America's triennial competition. The club had a long history and was
active until at least the early 1970s.
Received in 1981. Accessions: P81-08.
Collection is unprocessed. In 2015, the collection was rehoused and the folder list
was created by student assistant Flora Kirk under the supervision of Special Collections
Librarian Susan Graham.
Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)
Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including
Folder list available.
Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll147.php
Reproductions allowed for research purposes.
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Glee Club
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company -- Photographs
Glee clubs -- Photographs
gelatin silver prints